Zoltan Kodály was a Hungarian musician-educator who developed a concept of music education for use with children in Hungary. This came to be because he was very concerned with what he saw as the eroding of culture in the Hungarian young people of his day. With the political upheaval in his country, Kodály believed that the only way to preserve Hungarian culture and identity was to teach the young people the folk music and culture of their ancestors. He asserted that this education should be done in schools, based on the following philosophy:
He looked at tools being used in music education in other parts of the world and chose the best for use in Hungary, including: movable do system, hands signs, rhythm syllable system, movement and a sequence for learning. He combined the use of the tools and his concepts into an approach to music education for Hungarian schools. He then found very talented teachers who developed and implemented a curriculum. It worked with unqualified success in Hungary, and now is successfully adapted for use in countries the world over.
The federal charter for the Kodály Institute of Canada (KIC) was granted in 1973. The announcement that the organization was formed was made at the First International Kodály symposium held in August 1973 n Oakland, California.
The Canadian Kodály organization was established prior to the International Kodály Society (IKS) and the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), both of which were chartered in 1975. In order to parallel the International Kodály Society, the name of the Canadian Kodály organization was changed to the Kodály Society of Canada in 1986.
At present there are four Branches within
the organization: British Columbia (BCKSC), Alberta (AKA), Ontario (KSO), and Nova Scotia (KSNS). Individual members
in other provinces and territories are invited to join the branch of their
Gordon Kushner 1973-78
France David 1988-91
Velvet Sulymka 2004-2008
The Kodály Society of Canada is pleased to pay tribute to those who have worked tirelessly to further the work of the KSC. Our honourary members include:
Katalin Forrai (D)
Gabrielle Létourneau (D)